Motorists urged to slow down over the Easter holidays

The minister responsible for safety of Northern Ireland Roads, Dermot Nesbitt has appealed to motorists to slow down over the Easter holiday period.

The message from the Department of Environment Minister comes just hours after two serious motorway pile-ups in England in which two people are known to have died, with tens more injured.

Speaking on Thursday March 28, just before the Easter weekend, the minister said: “Many people will be on the roads this weekend, especially as the evenings start to get brighter. Traditionally though, holiday weekends have seen some awful carnage on our roads. Yet these tragedies can be so easily prevented.

“Taking an extra couple of minutes to complete a journey could make a big difference in saving a life - maybe yours.

“I would therefore advise people to go easy on the pedal over Easter. You have a responsibility not just to yourself but to other road users to drive at appropriate speed.”

Thirty-one people have already lost their lives on Northern Ireland’s roads since the beginning of 2002.

Last year a total of 148 people lost their lives on the province's roads.


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